West coast France, Dordogne and back

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We have consideration to coming home last night but phone and webchat unavailable so popped in today at Dieppe prior to boarding and we could have attended and changed. Worth bearing in mind for future. Pleasant peaceful journey back but getting off at Newhaven at 1500 hrs sees us but either the...
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We started off this morning with about an hour's ride from Mallerye to our specially selected aire, courtesy of Lenny HB at Belleville Sur mer. In order to get there we had to pass over the pont de brettonne and hopefully the steepness of yesterday's ride shows We have seen loads of pizza hits...
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Just up the road from mallerye Sur seine we cycled there via this huge bridge, the point de brettonne. We weren't too sure if there was a designated cycle route up it but it turned out there was a dedicated tractor and cycle lane both sides. You can see the dominating bridge from miles away but...
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We have heard of this place but never been so decided to give it a go and see what the score is. Hold your breath, we paid. It's only 7.50 for 2 people no leccy and apparently no water. It is right on the Seine, remember to use your hand brake close to the Seine ! Unfortunately for us it has...
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We returned on foot having read the pamphlet which stated dusk (2100 tonight) til 0100 for the lights. We kicked off with a romantic meal in a restaurant of 3 courses. Kebab, chips and a drink for 8 euros each Before just basically following the map, trying to follow the blue lights on the...
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A bit out of order as have been without great internet the past 4 days We had seen the weather warnings so it was always going to be a travel day from a little village near Argenton sur Creuse up to Chartres and when we went through Orleans on non toll it hammered it down. We have been to...
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We chose this spot as it was free and had a cycle route alongside the Vienne river. There are 2 Aires here. This one is by far superior with free water and stunning westerly views as we wait for sunset. These 2 taken from beside the van. Off in search of our cycle we went downhill to the river...
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Woke up next to 30+ vans and a shining sun. We had decided that the mountain passed were for us today and as both were open we would do the longer higher one first. Batteries had a full charge and we normally travel in eco mode but both of us straight up to tour mode (sport and turbo still...
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We have been here twice before. 10 years ago on our first foreign trip where we didn't go the waterfall and about 3 or 4 years ago when we think it was a CCP and didn't stay. It is back to being free with 25+ vans here and room for more. Dump and grey are free. Before we got here though we...
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We had seen this advertised at TO s but it was a bit out of the way but it was free so went for it. Coming off the road and driving up the touristic route is fine. It takes you to the top of the mountain so no laboured walking. In hindsight we should have stopped at the lake and walked through...
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We aimed here as a stopping point for an overnight, a walk round the town and ablutions. The Aire has 6 slopey "pass the salt" spots and regular disappointed motorhomers after us. The toilet dump was one of those "pull the grill of the grey waste up" styles and as we weren't desperate I didn't...
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Thunderstorms at last overnight have brought some much required freshness to the air. Good night's sleep was had prior to seeing the local police checking tickets against vehicles in the Aire. Setting off early it was a play it be ear morning with this voie verte in mind. What we also noticed...
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We have been here before at the 6 euro aire right next the running stream behind the van. Making sure you know the correct way in is an advantage in keeping your roof attached. The town is a beaux village and there were 2 churches, one in the town centre and one by the river dordogne but it...
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After a truly awful nights sleep because of the weather, it was a bit of a late start for us. We were hoping for thunderstorms to clear the air and were on a promise of 21c today which would have been a nice change. The boulangerie at Grolejac got our custom this morning before planning a route...
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Had a disciplinary to attend via phone as a "friend" as we arrived at the free aire at Grolejac which has about 15 spots and never been full previously. When here previously we cycled the voie vertes north to Sarlat and west to la roque gigeac and east to souillac but today we went south to...
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It was relatively mild this morning as we set off to Monflanquin Beaux village about 13 Kms of fairly flat til we got to the town where it went uphill relatively steeply to the bastide town. Half the reason of going there was another market but that failed to materialize as reading back it is...
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Nothing better to do than a 12 Kms cycle to this Beaux village which is much more France than where we have been. Helped that it was market day. And some random goats
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Another blue hazy sky with 30 ish heat feeling like 38. We set off for Royan on a morning cycle. Allegedly only 17 Kms but our first detour was at la palmyre a km from where we are staying. Palmfest is on. Now I know why there pissheads shouting and screaming at 0230 enough to make me get up...
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Headed off Ile d'oleron this morning and immediately right onto another bridge And parked up on the former aire (now a CCP) at the same price of 10 euros but after tourist tax 11.32 but no leccy working yet but appears all completed. Bread and ham were required to soak up the beers we...
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Woke up to see it was going to be a cracking day for solar but having just returned only a kilowatt so it must have been hazy today. First job of the morning was running the empty plastic and glass down to the communal recycling. 1.2 Kms of cycle route but it meant we had to pass the vineyard...

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